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Personal recommendations for applications, devices, … [under consruction] Most cost-effective computer I own? A Mac If you are a diehard Windows fan then skip this paragraph. If you have an open mind and want the most effective computer to get some work done then get a Mac. I have used Windows in all of its various forms since the earliest days and still use Windows for some work and a few games. Ten years ago I purchased my first Macbook and since then my primary machine has been an Apple. The…

My Year of Living Biblically – book review

The second book on my recommended list is My Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. If you are the sort of person that takes yourself and your beliefs too seriously, then you will not like this book. That applies to people who are extremely fundamental in their Christianity as well as those who are extremely fundamental in their atheism. This is a funny book with many moments of humor and clever bits of writing, but it is not just a funny book. There is a very serious side…

Get Low – Movie Review

In an earlier post, I told you that I would be making some book recommendations. These recommendations are not necessarily for recent books, but all of them will be books that I have read and strongly endorse. As I mentioned there, this is in keeping with my motto, “It’s not for me. It’s all for you.” I was looking at a list of movies today and decided that I would add a movie recommendation to this site as well. I have no criteria other than I will only write about movies that…

The Tragic Consequences of Wordplay

The following letter was found by paramedics beneath the unnamed victim’s crumpled body. It is reproduced here not to shock anyone but so that some good will come from it. Today’s children should be taught not to play with words. I learned it the hard way and too late. Perhaps some can learn from my mistakes. It began innocently in grade school. A friend whispered that “radar” was spelled the same backward and forwards. All I could say was “wow.” It seemed innocent enough at the time, but I did not…

Cryptonomicon – review

In keeping with my motto, “It’s not for me. It’s all for you’, I have decided that as a public service I will provide some recommendations based on books that I have read and liked or even loved. While I am nowhere near as voracious a reader as SciFiChick (she read 219 books in 2012 and reviewed almost a quarter of them for her site), but I do a fair amount of reading and I will post a few comments on some of my favorites. The first on my list…

Six Words

  Not everyone should write poetry. If you do not believe me, read on. Before you say it, yes, I know this is not a proper haiku. I never claimed it was. The only claim in the title is that there are six words, which there are. Unless you count the title and then there are eight words, but I prefer this title for its simplicity and purity. If you remain bent out of shape because it is not in the proper form, then I suggest you [content redacted]. This is…